Motocross

Gajser and Herlings top the box in Mexico

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The dust has settled on the cactus and shrub that surrounds the impressive motocross track of Leon, Mexico, where the fifth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship took place earlier today.

The thin air manifested from the high-altitude created an extra challenge for the racers and their machines, as did the blue groove sun baked clay, but it was Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings who excelled in the unique environment and topped the box in their respective classes.

MX1

The young guns, Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre, are really setting the tone in the championship this year. Febvre was last year‰Ûªs rookie and is now the defending champion while Gajser, who is the 2015 MX2 World Champion, is the new rookie on the block. What these two are doing in the premier class and the way they have adjusted from the 250cc machines to the 450‰Ûªs is incredible.

Both riders are products of talent, dedication and drive, married with great teams and even better machinery. Gajser in particular, this weekend, was outstanding, he is so calm and focused out on track it‰Ûªs incredible. Meanwhile Febvre chomped down a decent gap in the first race to pass Gajser for the win with a handful of laps to go, but in race two it was a different story with Gajser proving to be too strong.

‰ÛÏI struggled a little bit with the settings on the bike‰Û
The MX1 class hit the first corner. Credit: MXGP
Febvre and Gajser tied on points, 47 each, with Gajser being awarded the grand prix victory because he had the better result in the final moto, first. Gajser has now won three rounds of MXGP to Febvre‰Ûªs two, but Febvre still leads the championship by three points.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Nagl is holding the torch for the seasoned riders in the premier class with his two third place finishes for third overall. The German is running a fierce pace at the moment, but isn‰Ûªt quite in the same zone as the youngsters up front, Febvre and Gajser. Nevertheless, he landed on the box for third time on the bounce and has moved up to fifth in the world championship standings, five points shy of Evgeny Bobryshev in fourth and six shy of Antonio Cairoli in third.

Consistency is everything to Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev who knows how important it is to get points on the board at each and every round. Today Bobby did what he needed to do without taking any risks, two fourths for fourth overall.

"We had a consistent weekend so I‰Ûªm pretty much happy," Bobryshev said. "Today I had less speed and confidence, and less flow, than yesterday though. Yesterday the speed and time was good, but today the track changed. There were big ruts and I was struggling to make the speed. To finish two times fourth is ok though, and I closed up to the top three in the championship, just one point from third, so I‰Ûªm happy enough.‰Û
Romain Febvre ties with Tim Gajser on 47 points. Gajser took the win on account of the better second moto
Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle is making solid progress after he started the season with a broken radius in his arm, which was operated on only one week before Qatar. Because of the injury, the Belgian hasn‰Ûªt been able to train too much and has said his race fitness is only about 85%. Two fifth place finishes for fifth overall here in Leon would have felt as almost as good as a win for Desalle.

MX2

Believe the hype. Jeffrey Herlings is back and better than ever. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider is a cut above everyone at the moment and he hardly looks like he is breaking a sweat. While the old Jeffrey, the one we have seen in previous years, would ride the first laps like a bull at a gate, this year we are seeing a new and improved, mature and uber focused Bullet.

‰ÛÏI pretty much lost the championship last season being too aggressive in the beginning‰Û
Jeffrey Herlings still remain unbeaten in MX2 and now has a 48 point lead in the championship
Team Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer is looking very comfortable this year and his results are reflecting it. The Swiss rider is always smooth and consistent which are skills that have landed him on the podium for the fourth time this year. ‰ÛÏI will keep working to try to get close to Jeffrey and try make his life a little bit more difficult‰Û
The MX2 class gets swirly as Jeremy Seewer (91) took second for the round and is now in second in the championship
It was a bit of a rough day in the office for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass who got off to two mint starts only to crash in both races. In the first moto the Latvian had a front-end wash out, an error of his own, while in the second race he tangled with TM Racing Factory Team‰Ûªs up-and-comer Samuele Bernardini. Despite the adversity, the 2015 MX2 vice world champion bounced back in both races for two fourths and fourth overall.

Last but not least, with the last pick of the gate, getting a good start was the first challenge for Wilvo Standing Construct Yamaha Official MX2 Team‰Ûªs Aleksandr Tonkov after his bike stopped due to a problem with the electronics in the Qualifying Race yesterday. It ended up being mind over matter for the Russian who just hammered it once the gate fell and rode solid in both races for a pair of fifths and fifth overall.

Main Photo: Tim Gajser
Credit: MXGP

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 35:08.054
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.315
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:08.295
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:13.662
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:31.207
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:35.377
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:36.711
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:38.658
9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:46.175
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:46.828

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 35:32.594
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:16.264
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:27.592
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:36.883
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:45.418
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:51.089
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:54.127
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:58.423
9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +1:13.686
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:16.958

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 points
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 47
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 40
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 36
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 32
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 27
7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 25
8. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 24
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 24
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 24

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 219 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 216
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 171
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 170
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 165
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 162
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 127
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 122
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 104
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 98


MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:11.123
2. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:33.978
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:38.195
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:40.758
5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:53.207
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +0:54.852
7. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:56.232
8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:56.696
9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +1:17.721
10. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Honda), +1:23.832.

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:35.640
2. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:44.423
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:47.549
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:57.008
5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:59.649
6. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +1:00.716
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +1:06.097
8. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +1:31.849
9. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:41.666
10. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Honda), +1:56.479.

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 40
3. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 37
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 36
5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 32
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 28
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 27
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 26
9. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 25
10. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, HON), 22

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 250 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 192
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 166
4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 163
5. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 132
6. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 126
7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 121
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 117
9. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 89
10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 82

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